A preview of this weekend’s Welsh Premier League fixtures.
With a month to go until the league split, the race for the Top Six has begun…
The New Saints (1st) v Bala Town ( 3rd) | Friday (19:45)
The New Saints are nine points clear at the top of the Welsh Premier League and are the only club to secure a place in the top six so far. The reigning champions are unbeaten after 22 games in all domestic competitions this season – 18 WPL, 3 Word Cup, 1 Welsh Cup.
After going almost a month without playing a league game, Bala Town secured a 1-1 draw away at The Bangor University Stadium on Tuesday night.
Bala start the weekend in 3rd place and hope to close the gap on MBi Llandudno who are 6 points ahead – having played two more games than the Lakesiders.
Latest meeting: Bala Town 0-0 The New Saints
Aberystwyth Town (8th) v Bangor City (7th) | Saturday (14:30)
It’s been a rather disappointing season for Aberystwyth so far, as only Rhyl (3/18) and Haverfordwest (4/17) have lost more games than Ian Hughes’ side (5/16).
But Aberystwyth will take confidence from their latest result – an impressive 1-1 draw away to The New Saints at Park Hall last weekend.
Aberystwyth have only won one of their six home games in the Welsh Premier League this season.
This will be the first game at Park Avenue since October 30th, as the last three fixtures have been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
The rain has also affected Bangor City, with their game against Newtown also postponed last Saturday.
Bangor have lost 58% of their games in all competitions this season, but Neville Powell’s side gained an important draw against Bala Town on Tuesday (1-1).
Latest meeting: Bangor 2-3 Aberystwyth
Haverfordwest County (12th) v Airbus UK (4th) | Saturday (14:30)
Haverfordwest start the weekend bottom of the Welsh Premier League, four points from safety and on a run of nine games without a win in all competitions!
The Bluebirds have only scored two goals in their last eight games in all competitions, with both goals coming from the penalty spot.
Airbus have climbed to 4th place after a slow start to the season and will hope that the leagues joint top scorer, Tony Gray, will extend his goal scoring record at Conygar Bridge Meadow especially as Airbus have failed to score in three of their last four league games.
Latest meetings: Haverfordwest 0-2 Airbus UK (Welsh Cup), Airbus UK 2-1 Haverfordwest (WPL)
MBi Llandudno (2nd) v Port Talbot (10th) | Saturday (14:30)
MBi Llandudno have been this season’s dark horses, as the newly promoted side are on a four game winning streak in the league.
Striker, Marc Williams has been excellent for Llandudno this season – scoring 11 and creating 9 goals – proving to be one of the leagues’ best summer signings.
Williams will be looking forward to facing Port Talbot again as the striker scored a hat-trick against the Steelmen at the GenQuip earlier this season.
Port Talbot have the worst defensive record in the league, conceding 35 goals in 17 games (an average of 2.1 goals per game).
After only winning one of their last nine league games, Andy Dyer’s side need three points if the Steelmen are to avoid dropping into the relegation zone.
Last meeting: Port Talbot 1-4 MBi Llandudno
Newtown (6th) v Carmarthen (9th) | Saturday (14:30)
Although Newtown have only won two of their nine home games this season they remain in the top six, five points ahead of Bangor in 7th place.
Carmarthen start the weekend in 9th place, but if they win their two games in hand, the Old Gold will climb into the top six.
Latest meeting: Carmarthen 0-2 Newtown
Rhyl (11th) v gap Connah’s Quay (5th) | Saturday (17:15)
LIVE ON SGORIO – SATURDAY (16:45)
After five draws on the bounce in the WPL, Gareth Owen’s side need a win to climb out of the relegation zone.
gap Connah’s Quay are going from strength to strength under Andy Morrison and have climbed from 10th to 5th after his appointment as Director of Football less than two months ago.
Match Preview: RHYL v GAP CONNAH’S QUAY
Latest meeting: http://www.s4c.cymru/sgorio/e_/gem/gap-cei-connah-rhyl-4/
Highlights of all six games will be on Sgorio this Monday at 18:30.
On January 16 2010, Prestatyn and Aberystwyth met in a perfectly normal league game with Aber winning 2-0 but there was something very special about the match